What’s On

Despite being remote, the events calendar is always busy with lots to see and do including arts festivals, exhibitions, markets and activities for the whole family. Be sure to mark your calendar!

Community Markets

Local markets allow the community to showcase their wares, be it fresh local produce, locally made handicrafts, or second hand knick knacks.

Town Opening Times Contact Contact email Contact phone
Bloomfield Last Saturday of each month (except December when it is held Saturday prior to Christmas) Veronica (07) 4060 8342
Cooktown 7am – 12pm, every Saturday Cook Shire Council mail@cook.qld.gov.au (07) 4069 5444
Rossville Every second Saturday of the month Jennifer Midgley jennifermdgly@yahoo.com.au (07) 4069 6818


 Arts, Culture and Music Festivals

The region attracts home-grown and international artists and performers to the various arts, culture and music festivals held throughout the cape.


Black Mountain Unplugged: Shipton’s Flat Road, Helenvale
12 August 2016 – 14 August 2016
Described as the original ‘anti-festival’, Black Mountain Unplugged is an intimate, acoustic-focused event put on by musicians, for musicians, set at the foot of iconic Black Mountain.
www.facebook.com/BlackMountainUnplugged / blackmountainunplugged@gmail.com


Back to Maytown: Maytown
21 July 2017 – 23 July 2017


Bush Week Festival: Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, Rossville
June 2017 (exact date to be set)

Bush Week is a biannual seven day arts, music and lifestyle gathering surrounded by pristine World Heritage rainforest.
www.bushweekfestival.com / bushweekfestival@gmail.com


Cooktown Discovery Festival: Cooktown
June 2017

This annual family friendly event marks the landing of Captain James Cook and the first contact between the First Australians and the Europeans. This event offers a range of entertainment and activities with live music, competitions, markets and workshops, as well as the re-enactment of Cook’s landing.


Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival: Laura Festival Grounds, Laura
16 June 2016 – 18 June 2016
The three day Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival is a biannual celebration of Aboriginal culture in the Cape York Peninsula. The festival sees Cape communities gather to pass on their culture across generations through song, dance and storytelling.
www.lauradancefestival.com / coord.ladf@gmail.com / (07) 4019 6212


Orin Aya Festival: Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, Rossville
9 September 2016 – 12 September 2016
Orin Aya is a five day festival of music, art, performances, healing and ceremonies held in the beautiful rainforests of Far North Queensland.
www.orinaya.com.au / homeproductiongroup@gmail.com / 0415050409


Wallaby Creek Festival: Home Rule Rainforest Lodge, Rossville
30 September 2016 – 2 October 2016
Three days of musicians, artists and workshops entwined with an amazing and diverse collection of market stalls and crafters, healing spaces, dedicated children’s festival and activities, crafts, street artists and entertainers.
 www.wallabycreekfestival.org.au / info@wallabycreekfestival.org.au / (07) 4060 3102 or (07) 4069 6878

Wallaby Creek Festival entrance 2015
Wallaby Creek Festival


For a full list of events, please visit the Cooktown and Cape York Peninsula website.